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RAMON PRESSON: What you didn’t know about your birthday

“Birthdays are the one day of the year that everyone has to be nice to you.” --- Liza, age 7 The birth of birthdays The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is actually


After writing about the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination last week and managing to convince readers on the right that I’m way to the left, and readers on the left that I’m way to the right (when

RAMON PRESSON: Take the OREO Personality Assessment

Analysts at the R.L. Presson Labs of Highly Questionable Research Methods and Statistics have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Take the quick assessment below by selecting

BODY BALANCE WITH V: The fun in an obstacle race

ABOVE: Organizers of the 2016 Rippavilla Mud Run in Spring Hill prepare a mud pit obstacle. The event this past August was the third at the historic site. // FILE   By Vanessa Hampton I


It is with some trepidation that I make today’s statements and observations, but I told you last week I might have something to say about the recent Supreme Court nomination. And I still strongly believe in civil

Puppy Up walk benefits research into canine and human cancers

Local dog lovers in partnership with The Puppy Up Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that funds cancer research benefiting both pets and people, will be holding the PuppyUp Nashville Walk on Saturday October 27, 2018 at the

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee activates Hurricane Michael response

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE Hurricane Michael isn’t wasting any time showing its destructive force. The Category 4 storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning as the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50

BODY BALANCE WITH V: How a simple workout can change your life

By Vanessa Hampton Some people struggle to find motivation to exercise. Others struggle to take a rest day from workouts. If you are in the first group, you probably find yourself perplexed at how the other

Craft your heart out with these easy Fall DIYs

By ALLIE MYSZKA When the weather cools off, there’s no better way to usher in fall than with some orange, red, and yellow-hued decorations, right? Sure, you could head to your nearest Hobby Lobby and find anything

Wine Down Main Street ticket price goes up $10 at midnight next Sunday

Tickets to the Wine Down Main Street event are a hot commodity every year, not only for the good cause they support, but because of the good value they offer. The event, in its 18th

BODY BALANCE WITH V: My experience with intermittent fasting

By Vanessa Hampton If you know me, then you know that the last three years have been an extensive journey in digestion issues for me. I have cycled through many different theories, tests, trials, medications and


You never know what might hit a nerve with folks. And no I’m not talking about all the drama with the nominee to the Supreme Court. (You may yet hear from me on that, but right

RAMON PRESSON: Free bad advice for husbands

Post-It, Don’t Boast It A New York Times columnist recently asked, "Why do so many husbands feel the need to boast about completing simple household chores?" Perhaps many husbands are guilty of that but I'm proud

As fall makeup takes on darker hues, here are some natural choices

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO It's officially fall, and I am neck-deep into the school year and trying not to let it get the best of me. Obviously, it's a shock to go from the blissful calm


Last week I gave you an overview of my non-scientific analysis of podcast advertisers, including the companies that send food to your door for you to prepare, and/or provide grocery lists and meal plans for the week.

BODY BALANCE WITH V: How Do We Manage Our Stress?

The Stress Conversation-Part 2 By VANESSA HAMPTON Last time I wrote about recognizing stress in “Do You See Yourself as Stressed?” After reading it, you may have begun to see that you are under more stress

Coax the Fall Weather Out of Hiding with These Pumpkin Recipes

By ALLIE MYSZKA With the rain and high humidity -- albeit slightly lower temperatures -- many are still waiting for the crisp, clear weather that defines fall. Pumpkin Dip Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream But maybe,

RAMON PRESSON: The lost art of driving a stick

Stick-shift. Manual transmission. 5-speed. Did you know that these automotive mainstays for the past century are now disappearing from the American landscape faster than a Pontiac with an installed cassette player from Radio Shack? It’s true. In

JAROD TANKSLEY: Four home upgrades to avoid

Thanks to 24-hour cable channels that focus on home improvements, it should be no surprise that Americans reportedly spent $180 billion in upgrades on their homes in the last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

5 Reasons to Take Your Pooch to BarkPark

(All photos via BarkPark on Facebook and Instagram) By ALLIE MYSZKA Dog parks are everywhere these days: inside city parks, in apartment complexes, and even on top of high-rise buildings. But you’ve never met a dog

Moon Milk: Could it be the secret to better sleep?

Featured image via @findingmyelement on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night, wishing you could sleep but unwilling to take a medicinal sleep aid? We’ve all been there at some

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Do you see yourself as stressed?

Do You See Yourself as Stressed? -by Vanessa Hampton Stress has been at the forefront of my mind recently for several reasons. One of those reasons is that next week I am giving a big presentation

Chocolate lovers, rejoice: Nashville’s best spots for a cocoa fix

ABOVE: Featured image via @oliveandsinclair on Instagram   By Allie Myszka I strive to eat healthy most of the time. I get in my fruits and veggies, limit my sugar intake, and drink water like it’s

Labor Day in Nashville: 4 Staycation Ideas

Featured image via @nashvilletn on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA No exciting travel plans for Labor Day weekend? No worries! Nashville may not give you a beach to catch those last few summer waves, but it does

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Refuse to be a victim inside your body

By VANESSA HAMPTON Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend who was telling me about her achievements with healthy habits. She is someone like many of us who has had her fair share